San Diego- Stars and Stripes
My wife and I are headed to Long Beach California next week to spend 6 days in S California, three of which will be n Catalina Island so I can recononiter a little as next year we would like to charter in Long beach and sail San Diego, Catalina and maybe the other Channel Islands in Novemeber.
First- We were lucky to book a ride on the old Dennis Conner Americas Cup Stars and Stripes for a week from Saturday...anyone ever been sailing on her ?
Second what are the reasonable distances for sailing San Diego, Newport, Channel Islands in a day. What are conditions like in Novemeber in that part of S California? Do you have the large NE swells from the winter storms yet which come ashore in N Cali and Orgeon/ Washington or is it realitively normal seas? How do Santa Anna winds affect the ocean sailing in that area.
Pull up Google Earth and look at the distances involved. San Diego to Newport to the Channel Islands is a "purty fur piece" at any time of year (and why would you want to go the Newport anyway? Its a bit of a slog from San Diego up to Catalina at this time of year although, if the Santa Ana's are blowing, it will be a reach and you can zoom around to the back-side and shelter quite comfortably in Cat Harbor. Bring your snuggies!
Thanks for replying.
I of course have done some due dilligence already like pull up google maps, measured the distances on sites such as active captain, my chartplotter has the california coast, and also purchased the cruising guide. I have done a fair amount of research on the ports and inlets (bays) in the area. I am looking for more detailed information
I was looking for first hand experience here. Your info about the Santa Anna winds and Cat Harbor is appreciated. That is the kind of specific first hand info I am looking for. I am hoping some of the sailnetters who keep their boats in the area or those who have sailed in the area can give me more specific information like that. (waiting to hear from mitempo and others).
As far as the santa Annas go, I noticed that the winds their now are affecting the near coast very lttle and concentrate on the mountains, passes and canyons (they have had 60-100 mph winds this week). After they are out of the shadow of the coastal range are they predominately SW and stronger 10- 15 miles offshore?
Santa Ana's can be very bad near Catalina. Avalon harbor is a lee shore and can be virtually unprotected. There are pictures of 10' wave breaking inside the harbor. The island's valleys act like funnels and increase the wind speed. Cat harbor has some protected areas but in the middle where the travels over the Isthmus it is very powerful. If Santa Ana winds are predicted, don't go!
The weather in November is usually dry, sunny and cool. It can be an excelent time to sail, just not when the Santa Ana's blow.
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